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The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine is dedicated to fostering the development of physician-scientists. A flagship initiative of the College is the Physician Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP), a program focused on training the next generation of leaders in medicine and science. Perhaps unique among such programs, the PSTP spans eight clinical departments and offers exceptional clinical and scientific training to physician-scientists in fields from dematology to radiation oncology<ref name="PSTP Departments>[ PSTP Participating Departments]</ref>. The PSTP encourages applications from all trainees interested in a physician-scientist career.
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== Program Description ==
The PSTP at the University of Iowa is a multidisciplinary, structured training pathway to facilitate the launch of an academic medical career for aspiring physician-scientists. Eight departments participate in the PSTP<ref name="PSTP Departments>[ PSTP Participating Departments]</ref>:
* Dermatology
* Internal Medicine
* Neurology
* Obstetrics and Gynecology
* Pathology
* Pediatrics
* Psychiatry
* Radiation Oncology
Other departments may participate, and interested applicants should contact the program directors of those departments as well as the PSTP program director to discuss their interest. The PSTP, regardless of department, is designed for applicants with a significant history of scientific research. While primarily designed for those trainees who have completed an MD and a PhD, a PhD is not required so long as the applicant demonstrates a history of outstanding basic or clinical research experience.
No trainee is the same as another, and the PSTP is customized to fit each trainee's career goals and specialty training interests. The PSTP features optimized, short-track residency training in those specialties (e.g. Internal Medicine, Pediatrics) that support this option. All trainees receive personalized career mentorship, enhanced flexibility in clinical rotations and research training, dedicated research time, and supplemental funds for salary enhancement and academic expenses. The length of time to train varies depending on the specialty.
The PSTP has strong support from the leadership of the College of Medicine<ref>[ Vice President and Dean's Message on PSTP]</ref> and is a symbol of the dedication of the University of Iowa to advancing the science of human health and of training the next generation of leaders in academic medicine. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is the primary tertiary referral center for the state of Iowa and portions of surrounding states, providing a broad range of clinical cases across all disciplines of medicine and representing an ideal training environment regardless of clinical discipline. The University ranks among the top 50 institutions by NIH funding<ref name="BRIMR Rankings">[ BRIMR Research Funding Rankings]</ref><ref>[ Carver College of Medicine Research Facts]</ref> and is the recipient of over $500 million in total research funding from all sources<ref name="UIowa Rankings Facts">[ University of Iowa Rankings and Facts]</ref>. The clinical departments at the University of Iowa include many physician-scientists of national renown on their faculty, and several are in the top 25 (pediatrics), top 40 (medicine, neurology, psychiatry) and top 50 (OB/Gyn) in terms of NIH funding nationwide<ref name="BRIMR Rankings">[ BRIMR Research Funding Rankings]</ref>. Outside of the lab and clinic, Iowa City is consistently atop the lists of best places to live, with cultural activities (befitting a UNESCO City of Literature), sports, livability, and affordability rivaling any other college town<ref name="UIowa Rankings Facts">[ University of Iowa Rankings and Facts]</ref>.
For the specifics of each department's involvement in the PSTP, please reach out to the PSTP Program Director and the Program Director of the residency or fellowship program of interest. A few departments will be briefly highlighted here.
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=== Pediatrics ===
=== Neurology ===
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== Application Process ==
Each department has its own admissions procedures, and applicants should visit the websites of the participating departments<ref name="PSTP Departments>[ PSTP Participating Departments]</ref> for full details.
Short description of the application process, including information on the interview day(s), supplemental application (if any), and other specific information related to the research pathway application.

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